Kennesaw State opens new building for Bagwell College of Education

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Facility will increase capacity to meet Georgia’s growing demand for teachers KENNESAW, Ga. (…

Georgia (Aug 21, 2015)

Facility will increase capacity to meet Georgia’s growing demand for teachers

KENNESAW, Ga. (Aug. 21, 2015) — When students in Kennesaw State University’s Bagwell College of Education returned to campus earlier this week, it was to a new $20.3 million Education Building addition designed to maximize student-centered learning in the 21st century.

Faculty, staff, government officials and friends of the college celebrated the opening of the new 78,756-square-foot building with a ceremonial ribbon-cutting today, which featured comments from Kennesaw State President Daniel S. Papp, Bagwell Dean Arlinda Eaton, state Rep. Ed Setzler (R-Acworth) and KSU Trustee Tommy Bagwell, CEO of American Proteins Inc.

The new addition will increase the college’s capacity to meet the projected need for teachers and school administrators in Georgia and create the space for expanded course offerings and programs. The building consists of classrooms, computer labs, seminar rooms, student study areas, conference rooms, the Center for Literacy and Learning, department suites and the dean’s suite. It also will serve as the home to new centers for teaching, research and scholarship and outreach; and will improve efficiency by including every department, center and service unit of the Bagwell College in one building, creating a more integrated and collaborative environment for students, faculty and staff.

“As we continue to shape the ‘New U’ that is Kennesaw State University, the Education Building addition and the learning that goes on inside will help us advance our mission of becoming a world-class institution,” President Daniel S. Papp said. “We have long known aspiring teachers were getting a top-notch education in the Bagwell College; now they’ll be receiving that high-quality education in a first-class facility.”

Also in attendance today were several retirees from the College, including some whose tenure dated to the days when the college was housed in Willingham Hall – one of the original eight buildings on Kennesaw State’s campus.

“We are so proud of our new building, which will increase our capacity to attract and retain outstanding students who will make a difference in the lives of their P-12 students and fellow colleagues,” Eaton said. “It also will increase our capacity to attract and retain faculty members who are highly regarded in their fields and will continue to contribute to the strong reputation that the Bagwell College of Education enjoys.”

Over the last three years, the Bagwell College prepared more new teachers than any university in Georgia. It was the first college at Kennesaw State to offer a doctoral degree and the university’s first Massive Open Online Course (MOOC). As the recipient of the largest grant awarded to KSU, an $8.9 million Teacher Quality Partnership Grant, Bagwell College faculty also are preparing pre-service teachers to work in multicultural urban P-12 school settings.

“We look forward to using this beautiful building to further impact the lives of students, faculty, staff and the community beyond the college itself through collaboration with P-12 education stakeholders who promote the successful professional preparation of effective P-12 practitioners,” Eaton said.

The Bagwell College of Education is organized into five departments: Educational Leadership, Elementary and Early Childhood Education, Inclusive Education, Instructional Technology, and Secondary and Middle Grades Education; and offers several advanced degrees, including M.A.T., M.Ed., Ed.S., Ed.D. Currently enrolling 2,195 students, the college's programs are nationally recognized and approved by their respective Specialized Professional Associations and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. Bagwell College also boasts the only nationally recognized Middle Grades Teacher Education program in Georgia.

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-- By Jennifer Hafer

-- Photo by David Caselli


 

A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers more than 150 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its approximately 41,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia and the third-largest university in the state. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the region and from 92 countries across the globe. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status, and one of the 50 largest public institutions in the country. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu

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